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Flu-case school shut for two weeks

A Kwun Tong secondary school was ordered to close for two weeks after a Form Five student who returned from Canada was confirmed as one of the three new swine flu cases reported in Hong Kong yesterday.

Friday, 29 May, 2009, 12:00am

Boy, 4, and sister are youngest HK victims

A young brother and sister who flew into Hong Kong from the United States were confirmed yesterday to be infected with swine flu, taking the number of cases in the city to nine.

They are in stable condition in Princess Margaret Hospital. According to the Centre for Health Protection, they had only minor symptoms.

26 May 2009 - 12:00am

New flu case raises fear of local spread

Hong Kong edged closer to a community outbreak of swine flu yesterday after confirming its fourth infection - in a woman who lived at home for four days after apparently contracting the virus on a flight from New York.

23 May 2009 - 12:00am

Change of direction

Hong Kong's swine flu strategy has been changed from containment at all costs to protection. People who come into contact with a suspected sufferer will no longer be quarantined. Instead, they will have to have daily health checks and doses of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu.

22 May 2009 - 12:00am

Designated clinics to handle any outbreak

Flu clinics would be designated across the city if a community outbreak of swine flu occurred, the Hospital Authority said.

The authority would designate a clinic in each of its seven hospital clusters - and would open a further 11 if necessary.

21 May 2009 - 12:00am

Student fifth confirmed case for mainland

The mainland has confirmed its fifth case of swine flu - a 21-year-old male student who just returned to Beijing from studies in Canada - according to a statement published on the Ministry of Health's website yesterday.

This is also the second confirmed case of the swine flu in Beijing.

21 May 2009 - 12:00am

Sick Italian woman in Tibet alarms doctor

Tibet reported a suspected swine flu case yesterday. If confirmed, it would be the mainland's first known import of the swine flu virus by a foreigner.

An Italian woman entering Tibet from Nepal on Saturday had been quarantined in the Himalayan border town of Zhangmu, Xinhua said.

20 May 2009 - 12:00am

Two IFC screens incoming office workers

Office workers entering Two IFC now have to pass through a temperature checkpoint similar to the temperature screening process at border checkpoints in a bid to prevent the spread of swine flu.

19 May 2009 - 12:00am

Japan should be HK model for containment plan, expert says

Hong Kong should refer to the swine flu outbreak in Japan in preparing a response plan because of similarities in population density and public transport systems, an expert says.

University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung said the outbreak in Japan rang alarm bells in Hong Kong because of similarities.

19 May 2009 - 12:00am

Row over 'loss' of train passengers

Rail and health authorities in Shandong are trading blame for losing track of passengers who travelled with a swine-flu infected man on a train to Jinan on Monday.

16 May 2009 - 12:00am

Thursday Think-tank

1. Tony Chan Chun-chuen says HK$50,000 head rub led to love ... same thing happens a lot in Shenzhen, except the girl doesn't call it a head rub and it's not so expensive.

2. Urban Renewal Authority projects to follow green code ... for a change, they're not referring to the ugly colour of the building's paint.

14 May 2009 - 12:00am

Mainland reports another suspected case of swine flu

The mainland yesterday reported a suspected case of swine flu, involving a man in Shandong province . If confirmed, it would be the mainland's second case.

The man travelled from Canada and arrived in Beijing on Air Canada flight 29 on Friday. He developed a fever on Sunday and started to have flu-like symptoms, including a sore throat and a headache, Xinhua said.

13 May 2009 - 12:00am

Flu vaccine dilemmas leave WHO with a headache

The World Health Organisation is consulting national officials and drug makers this week on whether the threat from the new Influenza A (H1N1) strain is serious enough for large-scale production of a pandemic vaccine to start. The series of consultations, which conclude on Thursday, will form the basis of a recommendation to vaccine manufacturers from the WHO.

12 May 2009 - 12:00am

Time to forge a lasting legacy of cleanliness

Lessons learned from the Sars crisis in 2003 may well be why we have so far escaped a local outbreak of swine flu, despite the confirmed case of a Mexican visitor. One lesson that has been quickly remembered is the importance of cleanliness and hygiene in preventing the spread of viruses.

11 May 2009 - 12:00am

Mainland reports first suspected swine flu case

Beijing last night reported the mainland's first suspected case of H1N1 human swine flu in a 30-year-old male student who had just returned to Sichuan province from studying in the US.

The patient, only given the surname Bao, travelled from St Louis in Missouri to Chengdu , Sichuan's capital.

11 May 2009 - 12:00am